by Cori Large
One of the most used planner insert layouts is the Monthly Spread. Some use it for future planning, others for tracking, or as a gratitude log.
When I was I trying to figure out a way to keep track of my side hustle and homestead doings, I knew a monthly layout would be my best friend, but I couldn’t fit any more information onto my Franklin Covey tabbed monthlies. I needed a separate set of monthlies.
I had watched a YouTube video where RisPlans showed how she used multiple sets of monthlies for various different aspects of her life. I LOVED this idea. She kept the separate monthlies away from the rest of her calendar, but in the same binder. Brilliant!
10 Ideas for Monthly Layouts:
- NaNoWriMo or general writing word count tracker.
- MLM or side hustle sales and parties (this is what I use them for! See below!)
- Daily challenges, i.e. Instagram or planner or drawing/doodle challenges.
- Health related: calories, blood sugar, blood pressure, hydration.
- Daily exercise routines: arms, legs, abs, rest, etc.
- Calories burned, miles ran, or steps counted from your pedometer (if you don’t have the fancy fitness trackers).
- School schedules or work schedules, if you want to keep them separate.
- Garden planting and harvest dates: what good is having a garden if you don’t know when harvest time is?
- Mileage for your car: this is handy if you deduct it for business or work expenses on taxes.
- Daily fun fact you learned.
BONUS: Daily spending: if you’re having trouble seeing how often you spend money, having to write each amount in one of the daily squares may be enlightening.
I searched my planner insert files and ended up making a quick blank monthly spread to print off since I didn’t want to go buy a new one.
In the following pictures, you can see how I’ve used them to start keeping track of my side hustles (eBay, ETSY, Amazon, Consignment), knitting, writing, reading, and homesteading progress. These items bring me joy and I love seeing the progress. It’s also a nice visual for me, so I can see how often I work on something. I do use my color coding, so too much or too little of one color pops out immediately.
Cori Large is a blogger, YouTuber, writer, knitter, and librarian. Writing is her passion, and she hopes to one day publish a book, thus achieving a childhood dream. When not writing blog posts, filming YouTube videos, writing fiction, or knitting, she is taming research dragons as a librarian. She can be reached at her blog, YouTube Channel, Knitting Podcast, and Facebook Page.